9 mth old sleeping problems! PLEASE HELP

April - posted on 10/10/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I have a wonderful 9 month old little girl but the problem is that she doesnt sleep through the night yet. She is so use to waking up and me being there that now she refuses to sleep through the night. I would have a lot easier time getting her to do it but we just happen to sleep in the same room since we just have 1 bedroom right now. I have tried putting blankets over the side of the crib but now she can see over them so it does no good. I have no problem letting her cry-it-out when she first goes to sleep but it is when she wakes up in the middle of the night that we have problems... PLEASE HELP... I will try anything right now..

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Gemma - posted on 10/11/2010

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my son was the same, and now sleeps 7-7 every night! (maybe the odd night he will have me up) i was getting fed up with the constant rocking him back to sleep night after night until one night id had enough and took the pillowcase off of the pillow i sleep on and ave it to him and he sttled straight back down! he could smell me on it so felt comforted! its great and he has now become very attatched to it! when it gets dirty i just replace it with another one i sleep on!
try it...hope it works! let me know! good luck x

Lauren - posted on 10/21/2010

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My daughter was the same and she would cry allll night and then started refusing her bottle while I was at work (shes breast fed) so my solution was taking one of the side rails off and leveled her bed to ours and now its like an arms reach crib. I put the crib against the wall so it won't move and rolled up a blanket to put in the crack so she cant get stuck. She only wakes up about twice to nurse now and just eats baby food when I'm at work. Hopefully at one year she will start weaning herself but I really love her right next to me right now :)

Chrystyne - posted on 10/14/2010

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Try givin her a special stuffed animal and/or little blanky. Let her have it everytime she takes a nap and at bedtime. It will become her comfort which may help her sleep through the night. Also, at her bedtime bottle pour some baby cereal in along with the formula. Still allow it to flow out of the nipple (you may need to make the hole a little bigger) but it will be a little thicker. This will keep her fuller through the night so she can sleep longer. I do both of those with my daughter and she sleeps from 8/9pm to 7/8am. She does wake once for a bottle but grabs her blanky when shes done and rolls right over back to sleep. (:

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Charlotte - posted on 10/25/2010

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gosh... one more thing!!! what time are you putting baby to sleep... the earlier the better, i think babies fall into a better sleep around half 6 to half 7 (google it, the exact time is somewhere out there!)

Charlotte - posted on 10/25/2010

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i came across this thing called sleep regression, and the onee around 8 and 9 months is apparently the toughest! its do with all the milestones and developments they are going throgh, added to that teething that its just too much for them too sleep! their brains are just too active. also, its completly normal for a baby to wake up twice for a feed during the night up until they 1 (so i wouldn't advise cutting out night time feeds altogether or u might end up with a grumpy hungry baby!...then again...maybr its worth a try just incase!)... just think about how much they are growing, no wonder they are so hungry. also, i wouldnt hang blankets on ur cot (or someone said about tacking to ceiling) as if your baby is not already, they will soon be pulling themselves up so this can be dangerous! the only advice i can give is be patiente, put yourself in your babys shoes (or baby grow!) and think of what its like for them, at nine months old they are only just starting to learn they are their own person and not even attached to mummy! keep going :-) choose what your going to try and stick to it! my baby is constanly going through phases where she'll sleep like an angel then suddenly awake every hour or two! hope something i've said is useful to you... i have babbled a bit though! also, apolgies for spelling mistake, but baby is asleep on me so can't type properly!!

Leaher - posted on 10/24/2010

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my little boy will be 10 months next week and he still wakes up atlease once for a bottle at night, normally twice though depending on what time he goes to sleep! It doesnt bother me feeding him because if hes hungry he needs food, but it when he wont go back to sleep for like half an hour after and im only 17 and i have to be in college for 8.30am every morning it is a bit tiring. My health visitor said he needs to be in a routine but for the past 4 months a routine hasn't worked one bit but the past few days ive been giving him porridge at around 8pm then a bath after and a bottle around 9.30 and hes not been waking up until 4 & i he hasnt been having many naps in the day. I hope this helps and carrys on working for me! :)

Nikki - posted on 10/24/2010

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When we first had Daniel we were in a 1 bedroom flat and we would wait for him to get into a deep sleep and then move him together to the tv room. It helped him sleep much better as we are noisy sleepers :) He also has a toy which is only used at sleep times as part of his routine. Some babies do still wake at night as they are hungry. Try to ensure that your child is getting a balanced diet and if that is the case then pehaps your little one is just not ready yet to sleep through. My son still needs a bottle at night and he goes back to sleep straight away. For me it was much easier that listening to what felt like hours (minutes) of crying. Good luck I hope it comes right

Amy - posted on 10/24/2010

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I had the same problem, my daughter is 9 1/2 months old and I've just managed to get her to sleep through. I got told to stick to a routine as babies like to know whats going to happen, also telling them whats happening apparently helps. I read save our sleep and adjusted the books routine to suit me. That plus the baby cereal in her night time bottle now has her sleeping all night. You can also buy formula for hungry babies which is more filling so it works the same as cereal in the bottle, good luck :)

Emma - posted on 10/22/2010

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I agree that you should try gettin her used to sleeping with a toy or a blankie. My daughter is also 9 m.o and for the last 2 months or so she has been going to bed with one of her teddy bears that her dad brought her the day she was born. I was having problems with day naps and found this was a great way of getting her to sleep longer. Through the night if she wakes up I go into her room, don't turn the lights on, pat her on her tummy so she knows I'm there (but tyr not to talk to her) and give her teddy back to cuddle. She drifts straight back to sleep. Good luck, I hope you can find something that works!

April - posted on 10/22/2010

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What I do with my DD is i usually have a bedtime routine together (bath, book, short lullaby video) then put her in her crib, she usually plays around for about 10 min, and then once she gets a little cranky I give her her bottle of water, and pat the bed or rub her tummy and she is out. She usually wakes up about 2 times at night, and each time I just go by her tell her I am here, give her her water and then she is back asleep. It works well for us! Hope it helps!

Lauren - posted on 10/22/2010

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stop night feeds (if you feed during the night) and try getting her up with lights turned off giving a quick cuddle the straight back to bed. try getting her a blankie and the pillow case idea sounds good too good luck!

Shona - posted on 10/21/2010

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My son is exactly the same- only he used to sleep the whole night and not sleep in the day until he turned 7 months old, then he still didnt sleep during the day no matter how much we tried and he woke repeatedly through the night and it just kept getting worse- he is now 9 months old, i am almost 6 months pregnant with our second, and both my husband and i work around 40 hours every week- heck i work in childcare and NOTHING i do that manages to put other children to sleep work on my own child. So i feel your pain- and i too would like to hear anymore advice anyone might have

Amy - posted on 10/20/2010

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Try putting her in another room. My baby was waking up from his nursery at 4:00 AM all the time. A friend said to let him tough it out at 9 months old. So I did, and now he sleeps till 6:15 AM, which is great for me. It's hard to stay away when they cry but builds an independence for life! Good luck!

Jamie - posted on 10/19/2010

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My little guy gets up frequently too. We put on the Jewel lullaby CD all night long and sleeps usch better. He went from getting up every 20-40 minutes to sometimes 3-4 hours he still has bad nights but the CD has helped alot

Cyndi - posted on 10/16/2010

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My little guys ends up sleeping with us. Right or wrong - it's working for us right now. I work 40 hours a week outside of our home so I HAVE to get sleep. We are all peaceful now and I know I'm prolonging it - we'll have to deal with it soon - but for now I'm sleeping.

Laura - posted on 10/14/2010

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Buy or borrow this book: Good Night, Sleep Tight: The Sleep Lady's Gentle Guide to Helping Your Child Go to Sleep. A couple of different friends suggested it to me and I couldn't be more grateful. This book seriously saved me. I was getting up with my son 4-6 times a night and within a couple weeks of following the suggestions in this book, he was sleeping from 7pm-7am!

Courtney - posted on 10/14/2010

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i had the same exact problem!! up till she was about 8 months...then i thought of putting her crib in the dining room area and making that her room! it was perfect. the first night until now has worked wonderfully. she still wakes up about 2 times but she cries for about 30 seconds and then falls back asleep. last night she was in her crib from 730pm till 820am :) it was awesome! i think they just want there own space. i tried the blanket thing also...didnt work. now me and my hubby just hang out in our room after she goes to sleep. but it is well worth the sleep i get now! you should try it!

Zully - posted on 10/13/2010

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TRY NOT TO SWITCH ON THE LIGHT WHEN SHE WAKES UP,MAYBE SHE THINKS ITS TIME TO WAKE UP WHEN SHE SEES THE LIGHTS ON,MAKE HER UNDERSTAND ITS NOT DAYTIME,,ITS NIGHT AND AT NIGHT PEOPLE SLEEP WHEN THEY SEE LIGHTS OFF.

Melissa - posted on 10/11/2010

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Maybe instead of a sheet over the side of the crib you could tack it to ceiling out of her reach.

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